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Oct 27, 2012 11:35pm PDT
. and the presidential candidates hit the battleground states today. mitt romney was in florida, which began early voting today. he held rallies in three florida cities, and told supporters it's time for a change. >> the supporters of the president have this chance. they do four more years, four more years. i like ten days a lot better. >> ten days and you'll be stepping into a voting booth and making a defining choice about the future of our country. >> with hurricane sandy heading toward the east coast, both campaigns have been forced to change their travel schedules. romney scrapped a trip to virginia and instead he'll head to ohio. the president planned to head to florida but pushed his trip to sunday night to beat the storm. >>> the california ballot features proposition 30 and proposition 38. today, state democrats held a day of action calling voters and urging them to support proposition 30, governor jerry brown's plan. lisa showed us it needs all the help it can get. >> reporter: just ten days until election day, and support for proposition 30 is plunging. only 46% now support
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Oct 20, 2012 11:35pm PDT
romney is in florida all weekend, also teaming with advisories. they're heavily targeting florida, the most crucial of all swing states. the final debate will be held at lynn university in boca raton, florida. you can watch the final presidential debate live, right here on cbs 5 on monday starting at 6 p.m. the topic will be foreign policy. >>> six bank towers broke out in -- bank employees broke out in hives after a customer dropped off money wrapped in a paper towel at the chase bank. the employees immediately had trouble breathing and felt itchy. they are expected to be okay. meanwhile, the stack of money has been taken to a crime lab for testing. police are now questioning the customer but no arrests have been made. >>> fire crews are gaining ground in their fight against a wildfire. evacuation orders were lifted today. fire officials say the blaze is now 90% contained. and full containment is expected sometime tomorrow. the fire started thursday afternoon outside the community of lower lake near highway 29. it scorched about 300 acres and destroyed one home. several outbuildi
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Oct 13, 2012 7:00am PDT
ready for his second debate with mitt romney. romney, meanwhile, plans to campaign in ohio. as danielle nottingham tells us, the rival campaigns are each trying to pick up some momentum. >>reporter: vice president joe biden continued to play offense in wisconsin friday. >> it's time romney and ryan and the republican congress take a pledge to the middle class people, saying we're going to level the playing field. >>reporter: a day after a spirited vice presidential debate: >> with all due respect, that's a bunch of malarky. >> watch out, middle class, the tax bill is coming to you. >>reporter: both candidates headed back to the campaign trail. >> i feel great. >>reporter: paul ryan stopped for breakfast with his family before teaming up with mitt romney in ohio. >> there was one person on the stage with thoughtfulness who was respectful [ cheers and applause ] >> who was steady and poised. >>reporter: the obama campaign says the vice president walked away with the win, but friday the white house had to defend his answer about the deadly attack in benghazi, libya. >> we weren't
CBS
Oct 20, 2012 7:00am PDT
and get this country on track. >> a romney campaign advisor said that he was stunned by the president's remarks saying it was unpresidential. both candidates will spend the weekend gearing up for their third and a final debate in florida on monday. you can watch the final presidential debate live on cbs 5. >>> gas prices in california are still relatively high but they're coming down. here's a look at current average for gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. 4.41 in san jose, 4.51 in oakland. they are 17 to 19 cents less than they were just a week ago. >>> a diesel spill caused a mess in more ways than one in north san jose during yesterday's afternoon commute. a big rig jackknifed after 3:00 on northbound 101 near 13th street. one lane and one onramp had to be closed as crews cleaned up the mess and try to keep the fuel from spill nothing the storm drains. >>> tonight is supposed to be the best night to view that meteor shower. how to get the best possible view of mother nature's light show. >>> and how a california woman survived an attack by a black bear. >>> in the weathe
CBS
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
? yes, the first presidential debate is in the books. the consensus was that mitt romney desperately needed a strong showing. and as grace lee shows us, he pretty much delivered. >> reporter: the polls show that the former governor knocked it out of the park. 500 uncommitted voters asked who won this debate. 46% said it was romney. only 20% said the president was the victor for the night. the man who has been fighting to show that he relates to the average american this whole election cycle, 56% of those polled say they had a better opinion of the former governor now. what started out as cordial quickly became heated. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 million tax cut. and he is saying that he is going to pay for it by closing loopholes in deductions. the problem is, he's been asked over 100 times how you would close those deductions and loopholes and he hasn't been able to identify them. >> everything you just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say abso
CBS
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
republican challenger mitt romney will campaign in bryan stows today after having their say at their first -- battleground states after having their say at their first debate. 47% believe romney won compared with 34% for president obama in a survey of californians. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's debate focused on the economy and other domestic issues. and, of course, that debate took place in denver in colorado. colorado is a swing state. different surveys show mitt romney is the winner of the first debate. there are two more presidential debates coming up. bigad shaban has highlights. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like mitt romney got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive for much of the night. romney touted his own accomplishments as governor of massachusetts but continually pointed to what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me
CBS
Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
romney head to key battleground states today after having their say at their first face-to-face debate. an exclusive cbs 5 surveyusa poll of adults in california shows that 48% believe romney won compared with 34% for president obama. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's forum in colorado focused mainly on the economy and other domestic issues. that debate took place at the university of denver, colorado being a big swing state in this election, as well. the focus of the debate was the economy. but big bird somehow got into the dialogue there. and, of course, as we mentioned, there were some polls that showed that romney came out ahead of the president on that first debate. bigad shaban joins us live from denver with some highlights from last night. [ pause ] >> reporter: good morning. it seems mitt romney may have got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive all night. romney you wanted to his own successes as massachusetts governor but highlighted what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >>> reporter: the first
CBS
Oct 17, 2012 5:00am PDT
-- >> governor romney... >> that's pretty much how it went the entire night. moderator candy crowley having a tough time controlling the two major presidential candidates in their second debate last night in new york. with just three weeks left in the race, the two candidates waged the fight of their lives. >> yes, they did. president barack obama and, of course, republican mitt romney they sparred with passion and grit, often times interrupting each other. sometimes even interrupting the moderator, candy crowley. they talked of many issues, the economy, immigration, lots of other issues, too. cbs news reporter randall pinkston joins us live now from hempstead, new york, with highlights and reaction. >>> reporter: from the beginning to the end of the second debate it was a political slug fest. president obama and governor romney accused each other of not telling the truth. it was a very different exchange from the first debate. >>> reporter: president obama and mitt romney wasted no time going after each other in the second debate. >> there were a whole bunch of oil companies -- >> i had a qu
CBS
Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm PDT
of the ceremony on cbssf.com when it begins. >>> early surveys show a lift for mitt romney after what many say was a strong debate performance. a positively undecided voters shows romney won last night by a 2-1 margin. cbs reporter tara mergener has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: mitt romney set the debate tone early. >> under the president's policy middle income americans have been buried. >> reporter: energetic and agrees ever, romney slammed the president's economic record and laid out his own plan. >> there will be no cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: but the president repeatedly insisted that romney is calling for $8 trillion in tax cuts and spending that cannot be paid for without adding to the deficit or burdening more middle income americans. >> it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: the president also criticized his opponent for not providing more details about wall street reform and healthcare. >> at some point, i think the american people have to ask themselves, is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret be
CBS
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
. time now is 6:00. [ overlapping speakers ] >> mr. president -- >> governor romney... >> let me finish. >> governor romney here's what we did -- >> the interruptions endless! the tension was evident as they paced and pointed. both candidates accused each other of lying and appealed to the moderator for more time in round 2 of the presidential debate. so who won last night's debate? it depends which side you ask. president obama's camp scored the debate a win for the president but say the race is still tight. >> some say it's the best debate ever. randall pinkston joins us from new york with the latest. >> reporter: from start to finish, it was a political slugfest. president obama and mitt romney clashing on a host of issues at times accusing each other of not telling the truth. it was a very different exchange from the first debate. >>> reporter: president obama and mitt romney wasted little time going after each other in the second debate. >> there were a whole bunch of oil companies. >> i had a question. how much did you cut them by? >> you want me to answer? >> i'm happy to answer
CBS
Oct 16, 2012 5:00pm PDT
has the most to prove tonight. >> reporter: well, mitt romney strong performance in the first debate gave his campaign a strong boost. tonight, the obama campaign is promising a more energized president. the questions now, will it be enough and how will the candidates navigate the format? an upbeat president barack obama emerged from the virginia resort where he has spent three days practicing for debate number two. >> how are you feeling about tonight? >> fabulous. >> reporter: the president knows he has to deliver. most agree that mitt romney won round one and saw a boost in the polls. the republican white house hopeful arrived on long island for the debate at the university after his own intense preparations. >> i would say governor romney will win by a slight majority. but i think that's all he has 20 do right now. >> reporter: a -- he has to do right now. >> reporter: a few miles away, voters say they'll be glued to the tvs, but most have already made up their minds. >> voting for romney. >> reporter: why? >> i think he has lead the country in a better direction. >> reporter: yo
CBS
Oct 9, 2012 1:35am PDT
the border. >> the president takes another seasme street swipe at opponent mitt romney. the new urgency in his appeal in san fransisco as new polls show the race is tightening. >>> how big money is blocking their chances at a big raise. >> not really cool, hu? >> and gasoline price hikes prompting calls for that federal investigation. what is working against our chances for relief at the pumps. >> good evening, president obama says his california supporters need to get "almost obsessive about lobbying family and friends in the battle ground states." he made the comment during that brief fundraising swing through san fransisco that ended an hour ago. linda ye with the president's appeal for four more years. >> reporter: a few cheers from the street and the president arrived at civic auditorium for two more fund raisers. first a private $20,000 a plate dinner party for a hundred guests. for everyone else concert tickets started at $200, for john legend and the president. >> hello fridays. >> reporter: san fransisco. >> reporter: he asked for support, and his loudest cheers came wh
CBS
Oct 16, 2012 1:35am PDT
this time there will be questions from the audience. romney won the coin toss, so he will go first. elizabeth cook on how the candidates are getting ready. >> reporter: both candidates have had a low profile lately as they prepare for tomorrow night. >> i brought some food! >> reporter: after joking that his debate prep was a, quote, drag the last time around, president obama assured shorters at a campaign office in virginia, he's hitting the books! once again, massachusetts senator john kerry is standing in for romney. the president's team vows he will amp up his performance after a less-than-enthusiastic reception the first time around. >> i think he's going to be aggressive in making the case for his view of where we should go as a country. >> reporter: mitt romney was only seen briefly during his preparations, heading in and out of church yesterday. ohio senator rob portman says the romney campaign is getting ready to rumble. >> i think president obama is going to come out swinging. i think he's going to have to compensate for a poor first debate, and i think that will be consi
CBS
Oct 16, 2012 11:00pm PDT
him the win and 37% called it for mitt romney. >> california were even more convinced. 56% of those surveyed called the president the clear winner. part of the reason they say the president was engaged and seemed better prepared than before. it was his perform thans that really -- performance that set the tone. >> and very little of what governor romney said was true. >> reporter: and with that we saw a different mr. obama. >> you stood in front of a coal. >> okay. ponented at -- plant and pointed at it and says this plan kills and took pride in shutting it down and now you're a big champion in coal. what i try to do is be pretty consistent. >> have you looked at your pension? >> i don't look at mine. it's not as big as yours. >> reporter: governor romney was clearly prepared and he stayed on message. >> my priority is on jobs. we can't afford four more years like this. >> reporter: what was different in round 2? the tone was often combative. >> i don't believe you're a person who will be pushing for oil and gas and coal. you will get your chance in a moment. that was a statement. >
CBS
Oct 22, 2012 11:00pm PDT
how many americans tuned in for round three of the obama/romney debate. we are getting an early idea of how the audience scored this match. >> reporter: that's right. a big night in politics, right? and in a cbs news flash full of uncommitted voters that was taken immediately after the debate, 53% said that they believe president obama won. 23% bheefd that romney was the -- believed that romney was the winner that time around and 24% said it was a tie. and while tonight was supposed to be about foreign affairs, both candidate brought up domestic policy repeatedly. it is the final debate and it didn't take long for the punches to start flying. >> i congratulate him for going after al-qaeda but we can't kill ourselves out of this mess. >> a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest threat facing america you said russia. not al-qaeda, you said russia. in the 1980s or not, that's the foreign policy. the cold war has been over for years. >> i'm not going to wear rose colored glasses when it comes to russia. after the election he'll get more back bone. >> reporter: but when it
CBS
Oct 2, 2012 1:35am PDT
president obama has a two- point nationwide lead over romney. but in two of the swing states, his lead is much wider. nine points in florida and ten points in ohio. with less than 48 hours until the debate, grace lee explains how both sides are racing to lower the expectations. >> reporter: both the obama and romney campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations ahead of wednesday's debate. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. >> president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time. >> reporter: the president has not had as much time to prepare for the debates because he's busy being commander in chief. >> most often debates don't make that big a difference. quite a few have lost an election with a debate. >> reporter: these matchups can produce a memorable line like in 1980 between then-governor ronald reagan and president jimmy carter. >> th
CBS
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm PDT
now, while the instant cbs news poll found that governor romney won by a 2-1 margin, we asked the question, why? we found it may not be based on what was said during the debate but, rather, on the nonverbal communication. [ applause and cheers ] >> reporter: the body language started strong. friendly with the two candidates standing locked in a handshake. >> how you are saying something was often times more important than what you were saying. >> reporter: but cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman says if you were to rate the candidates strictly on their nonverbal communication after that, former governor romney was the clear winner. >> he was energetic. he smiled a lot. and he seemed full of pep for the president. >> reporter: he says romney frequently looked at the president, kept his head up and appeared engaged while the president kept his eyes down cast. >> and when you combine looking down with a frown, while the other person on the other screen is smiling and looking directly at you and also attacking you at the moment, it looks like you're not liking what you're hearing. >> re
CBS
Oct 1, 2012 12:00pm PDT
mitt romney and president obama. tara mergener tells us both campaigns are now dialing down expectations. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney get their first chance to put their policies side by side this week. wednesday's debate at the university of denver will focus on domestic policy. >> what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: a new poll shows 56% of registered voters think the president will win the match up. he tried to lower expectations at a rally on sunday. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zinger and tut with most points on the board. governor romney is a good day bator. i am just. >> reporter: the president is staying in nevada to prepare for the debate and romney is heading to colorado today. new jersey chris christie said romney is capable of a good debate. >> this whole race will turn upsetdown come thursday morning. >> i don't think one event will make or break there campaign. >> reporter: romney is trailing in the polls
CBS
Oct 17, 2012 12:00pm PDT
pelley tonight at 5:30. >>> president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail this afternoon after their spirited debate last night. as cbs reporter danielle nottingham shows us, both sides are scrambling to find votes with less than 3 weeks until the election. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney head to separate corners of the country to campaign after one of the most combative presidential debates in memory. >> you will get your chance in a moment. i'll still speaking. >> i don't look at my pension. it's not as big as yours. >> reporter: the president and his republican challenger clashed on just about every issue invading each other's space and battling for a dwindling supply of uncommitted voters. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut it by? >> not true. >> how much did you cut it. >> we have produced more oil. >> no. how much did you cut licenses and permits on federal land and federal waters? >> reporter: when the sparring was over, cbs news asked a group of about 500 uncommitted voters who won. 37% said the president. 30% said romn
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Oct 7, 2012 7:30am PDT
romney, begin a final month long sprint to election day. romney is spending a second day in florida and fresh off the first debate and trying to keep the momentum going. mr. obama is coming to california for two days of fundraising. a boost from the jobs report puts the unemployment rate at the lowest rate of his presidency. he will stop in los angeles and san francisco and keen near bakers field where he will designate a national monument at the home of say sar chavez, he died in 93 and did much of his work for farm workers while living in east san jose. >>> coming up on face the nation, bob shaffers guests include axle rod, advisor to the obama campaign. >>> both sides of the bay, won divisional series. >> it's only day one and a look at how the giants did at home and how the a's performed on the road in detroit. >> is there any sign the worst is behind us with the sudden rise in gas prices? the latest number from here in the bay area. >>> we have changes in the weather department. we will start with a few low cloud and cover the highs far off yesterday's readings and changes midweek.
CBS
Oct 22, 2012 5:00am PDT
for the white house. tonight president obama and mitt romney meet for the final debate. this is the last chance for undecided voters to see both candidates take on foreign policy. randall pinkston is in boca raton, florida with more on the final matchup. randall. >> reporter: good morning. expect mitt romney to come out swinging on the benghazi attack citing it as failure of the obama administration of foreign policy. the president said he is handling the crisis as well as winding down afghanistan. >>> reporter: this will be the third and final time that the two candidates take the stage together for debate. >> this debate matters more than ever before. >> reporter: expect moderator bob schiefferer to spend plenty of time on libya. on sunday, republican senator marco rubio suggested the obama campaign tried to keep the foreign policy focus on the death of bin laden. >> is that why for two weeks they told us that the libyan incident in benghazi was a popular uprising and not a terrorist attack? because it ran counter to their campaign there. >> reporter: obama campaign officials say
CBS
Oct 14, 2012 7:30am PDT
ready to rumble again. how mitt romney and president obama are getting ready for a second debate. a town hall style forum on tuesday. >>> the giants are gearing up for the national league championship series. >> back in the bay area, starting out with foggy skies. in the meantime, getting over to phil and ann. >> it's 7:30, sunday, the 14th of october. >> we have a lot of news and talk to cover in our next hour. of course, we're going have the elections. >> the debates. >> we have the chairman of the republican party and willie brown in studio. it's going to to be a lively discussion. >> the sports front as well. we're looking at that. we have the 49ers in town. it's pretty busy. the top of the news, president obama and mitt romney are g earing up for their second debate. >> mr. obama is preparing in virginia while mitt romney plans to practice in boston. we have the latest on the race. >> reporter: paul ryan tailgated with football fans in ohio while mitt romney rallied supporters. the team fanned out across the key battleground states. >> if we get ohio, we'll take back america. >
CBS
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
lead now. shows mr. obama with 51% support compared to 44% for mitt romney. the president is now in one of those states right now as he prepares for the first debate. two men will face off in denver on wednesday night. president obama holding a rally in las vegas last night speaking to 11,000 people there. and senator john kerry is playing the poll. and rob port man is acting as romney. >> both are excellent in their own way. you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job. the president has been president and not had the time to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing, practicing, trafficking. >> we'll see how it goes. debate is on wednesday. focus on domestic policy. romney is speaking about foreign matters. he says today that the president has shown weakness. >> the supreme court is set to tackle big cases today. the court will take on issues relating to same sex marriage and privacy issues. 6 of the 9 justices. it's the traditional mass held the day before the start of a new session. time now is 6:10. from
CBS
Oct 8, 2012 5:00pm PDT
bounce that just catapulted mitt romney into the lead in at least one national poll. grace lee breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: the president is examples here at the bill graham in a couple of hours to raise money and to rally his base and if that new national poll that you're talking about is any indication, he really does need to rally the voters because it looks like he is slipping among likely voters. that pew research poll that was released this afternoon shows that the president had an 8- point lead before the debate in mid-september. he has dropped significantly and the republican nominee mitt romney is now leading the president by 4 points. clearly the debate last week has given romney a huge bounce in the polls. and part of the reason why he made a huge increase in two key demographics including women. the president had an 18-point lead before the debate. now the two candidates are dead even among female voters 47 to 47%. and among voters under 30 years of age, romney has gained 10 points in the days following the first debate. now 42% of young voters say they view romne
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Oct 23, 2012 11:00pm PDT
mitt romney started airing this tv had. >> and tonight, the romney camp issued a statement. romney disagrees with murdock's views on rape. >> i approve this message. >> this is the second republican candidate this election to make controversial comments about rape and pregnancy. >> first of all, from what i understand from doctors, it's really rare. if it's a leming mat rape -- legitimate rape. >> refused to withdrawal from the race. >> and just a few hours ago, the chairwoman of the democratic national committee, called on romney to pull the ads off the air, calling murdock's comments outrageous and demeaning to women. >> candidate murdock, he's not a political light weight? >> he's been in politics since the 1980's. state and local positions much he's also running on the tea party platform and beat out senator richard rupert. he's experienced. >>> and we have to admit something. we thought twice about putting this next story in the newscast tonight. for what it's worst, there's october surprises in the presidential race and they can pop-up tomorrow. and that's if you want to beli
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Oct 19, 2012 11:00pm PDT
, repeatedly using terms like sketchy, snow job and sales pitch. tonight, mitt romney hit right back. campaign strategists say it's only going to get worse. >> i mean, he's changing up so much, backtracking and sidestepping, we gotta name this condition that he's going through. i think it's called romnesia. >> the president accused romney of switching positions on abortion, tax cuts and energy production. >> and if you come down with a case of romnesia, and you can't seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you have made over the six years you've been running for president, here is the good news. obamacare covers preexisting conditions! >> reporter: vice president biden picked up on the romnesia riff, saying that romney's running mate, paul ryan, had also contracted that disease. the romney camp is firing back. a senior advisory tells cbs news he was stunned by mr. obama's romnesia remarks, calling them unpresidential. and on the campaign trail in florida tonight, romney tried to turn the attacks back on the president. >> have you been watching th
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm PDT
. >>> president obama and gop challenger mitt romney squaring off tonight in denver. it's the first of three presidential debates and as bigad shaban shows us, the focus tonight will be on the economy, healthcare and domestic issues. >> reporter: the stage is set for the first presidential debate. mitt romney trails in many battleground state polls and this is an opportunity for him to gain some ground. >> i think you're going to see the mitt romney that really cares about putting the american people back to work. i think that's the most important goal that the governor has. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he is facing new criticism over something he said in 2007. during a speech to a predominantly black audience, then senator obama implied the bush administration was withholding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i have to say i'm a little amazed that as you mentioned a widely cov
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Oct 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of two day visit. mitt romney is back in a crucial swing state of florida. >> reporter: with one month until election day, mitt romney is focusing on florida. the romney campaign says 12,000 people came out for his rally sunday. >> we're going to win florida and take back the white house. >> national polls show the race for the white house is tightening. analysts say wednesday's debate gave romney much needed momentum. the republican nominee is criticizing president obama's performance. >>> now, days later we're hearing his excuses and next january we'll be watching him leave the white house for the last time. >> on face the nation, obama advisor argued romney misrepresented his policies at the first of the debate. >> he delivered a very good performance. it was completely unrooted in fact and the positions he's taken before. >> are you saying governor romney lied? >> yeah. i think he was dishonest. absolutely. >> obama campaign isn't give specifics that he may make for round 2. >> he'll look at that tape and he'll make the adjustments that he thinks are necessary. >> today, the
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Sep 30, 2012 11:00pm PDT
,,,,, >>> pam cane 20 -- campaign 2012. on wednesday president obama and mitt romney will face-off. both camps are trying to down play expectations. >> reporter: president obama is in nevada working to secure votes in the battleground state. >> hello las vegas. >> reporter: one of nine must win states and polls show a tight race. >> if you stand with me and work with me we will win again. we will win nevada again. we will win this election again. >>> the president is spending the next couple days cramming for the first of three debates. >> i know folks in the media are speculating on who will have the best zingers. mitt romney is a good debater. i am just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney began practicing in june and continued prepping tuesday. chris christie said mitt romney's performance will turn the race upside down. >> you will say we have a barn burner now. >> reporter: mitt romney's run -- paul ryan dialed back expectations. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break the campaign. >> reporter: paul ryan says mitt romney will lay out the choice voters have, especially when i
CBS
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
performance when he faced off against mitt romney in the first debate. and ryan will be trying to make sure he doesn't go off message that he maintains a very strict discipline with respect to mitt romney's positions. ryan of course has put forth some budgetary proposals that romney has said listen, i'm the guy in charge, i'm going to be the one who will make sure that the policies that are in place will be my policies. so ryan is going to have to make sure he is in sync with romney. but all in all, you know, romney has the momentum now and we'll see how it turns out tonight. >> you talked about the strategy. we are watching the presidential debate and there weren't too many sparks flying in that debate. do you think that's going to happen in this one? >> well, you know, you can always count on vice president biden to say something interesting. the question is, whether he will have to perhaps back away from it later on. he is renowned for his gaffs but we also know that biden is a very, very experienced politician. he has been in the senate for a lot of years. he knows how to debate on
CBS
Oct 23, 2012 5:00am PDT
romney will spend most of their time campaigning in battleground states. and cbs reporter randall pinkston joins us now from boca raton, florida with the latest on the big night between the two candidates. good morning. >> reporter: a big night it was indeed, frank, a lot of clashing through the night. this morning republicans are saying what mitt romney did last night was to lay out his vision of foreign policy if he is elected president but the democrats and president obama are saying that what he did indeed was to lay out a series of inconsistencies, changing his positions, saying that he is all over the place even accusing romney of being reckless. >>> reporter: this was the third and final debate and president obama saved his sharpest attacks for the end. >> every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: viewers seemed to respond to the president. a cbs news snap poll of the debate shows 53% of uncommitted voters believed the president won. >> you saw a very strong president, a strong and steady president with a clear v
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Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
president obama's lackluster performance against mitt romney last week. randall pinkston joins us now live from danville, kentucky, with last night's highlights and results of a post debate poll. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there's a whole lot of talk this morning about the political theater, the atmosphere, whether vice president biden was smiling too much or smirking or interrupting too much, whether congressman ryan was sipping water too often. but at the end of the day both candidates made strong points for their respective campaigns. >> i will be very specific. >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect, that's a bunch malarkey. >> and why is that so? >> not a single thing he said is accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy, taxes and medicare with the democrat often on the attack. >> and they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut. it's about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama adminis
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Oct 24, 2012 6:00pm PDT
and the political fallout for mitt romney. >> questionable practices by pfizer and other drug giants. how they are accused of tricking patients into buying prescriptions. >> and the potential breakthrough that could signal the end of the violence in syria. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, cutting into the president's lead with women voters: a controversial comment froa senate candidate he endorse, has put the republican nomie >>> now at 6:30, just as mitt romney was cutting into the president's lead with women voters a controversial comment from a senate candidate he endorsed has put the republican nominee in an awkward position. the remark had to do with god's intention for rape victims and with just 13 days to go before the election it has propelled the hot button issue of abortion back to the political forefront. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee is following the fallout. >> reporter: talk about timing, right? you have to remember that this comes at a time when the romney camp is really trying to win over female voters. and for the republicans, this could be double trouble. it cou
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00am PDT
september employment statistics. president obama and mitt romney both hit the campaign trail yesterday following their first debate in colorado. the president acknowledged romney's stellar performance but said romney can't pay for his tax plan without sticking it to the middle class. >> we can't afford to double down on the same top-down economic policies that got us into this mess. that is not a jobs plan. >> they plan on raising taxes on the american people and that will kill jobs. we will not let that happen. we want to create jobs, not kill jobs in this country. >> when asked which candidate would best handle unemployment, romney topped the president 51 to 45% in a cnn/orc poll taken before the debate. >>> well, that debate the president's debate performance has been widely criticized as not up to snuff. former vice president al gore speculated the colorado altitude may have been a factor. >> when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> it may be a stretch. romney was at the same altitude although he spent a lit
CBS
Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
romney will work to make the case that the president's leadership abroad has failed. while the president will point to successes including killing osama bin laden. this is it. the final showdown with the presidency at stake. president obama and governor romney will sit down with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer for the final debate on foreign policy. one person won a ticket as a registered independent. he will be listening closely but is leaning towards the president. >> i care about what's going on in the world and how to make it a better place. >> reporter: this democrat is in boca raton for the debate. she has already decided to cast her vote for mitt romney. >> because the direction we have been in for the last four years has failed us. failed! there's no debate here. look at the record. >> reporter: the 90-minute debate will most likely start where the second one left off the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they will also debate questions about iran, ending the war in afghanistan and the u.s. economic relationship with china. po
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00pm PDT
latest from washington. >> reporter: president beam and mitt romney get a chance to put their policies side by side this week. wednesday's debate will focus on the policy. >> with a -- what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discsion aut what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: a new poll shows 56% of registered voters think the president will win the matchup. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zinger, who will put the mopoints on board. governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just reporter: the presiden . aying in nevada to prepare weekend and is heading to mpairadotoday. ca watchs say all thre chalrtunity forepuicr the n er to hava me- changing moment. new jers governor chris christieto cbs's bob schieffer romney is pable of that. >> the whole race will be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> reporter: but romney's running mate paul ryan downplayed the debate. >> i don't think one event will make or break the campaign. >> reporter: romney is trailing in the polls in most must-win states. tara mergener
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Oct 26, 2012 5:00pm PDT
days of campaigning. >> reporter: governor mitt romney hit the stage, in ames iowa, ready to jump on new economic numbers. >> last quarter our economy grew at just 2%. after the stimulus was passed the white house promised that the economy would now be growing at 4.3%. over twice as fast. >> reporter: romney pointed the finger at the president's policies and is using the economy to make his closing argument to voters in the battleground states. >> this is not the time to double down on "trickle-down government" policies that have failed us. it's time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment. >> reporter: the white house looked at the new numbers as a sign the country is heading in the right direction. the economy expanded at a right higher than most expert predicted. vice president biden told voters in wisconsin a romney presidency would erase all the progress the president made. >> we believe for americans to succeed the middle class has to rebuild and grow. it's the only way working class people have a way: >> reporter: the president wrapped us his campaigning at an airpo
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Oct 23, 2012 12:00pm PDT
campaign trail early rallying supporters in del rey beach florida at a debate with mitt romney. >> during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq. but he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> reporter: romney posed for pictures with police officers in florida this morning before heading to nevada and colorado. bows candidates are beginning an all-out blitz of key battleground states in the final two weeks of the campaign. during last night's foreign policy debate, the candidates clashed over military size and spending, russia and iran but answers drift back to the economy. >> america must be strong. america must lead. and for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home. you can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. >> both at home and abroad he proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: when it was over a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters gave a clear victory to president obama, 53 to 23%. romney surprised some debate watchers when he didn't attack the president for his administra
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Oct 14, 2012 11:00pm PDT
ask president obama and mitt romney questions tuesday night. the town hall style debate changes because they have to respond to constituents rather than oppose each other. >> reporter: president obama is at a boot camp in williamings, but virginia and took a break to deliver pizzas to his local campaign office. >> it's going great. >> reporter: obama advisors admit that the president knows he needs to come out stronger than the first match up. >> he has to be more energetic. i think you will see someone very passionate by choice this our country face and putting that choice in front of voters. >> reporter: romney campaign argues that a change in strategy won't give the president an edge with voters. >> the president can change his style, he can change his tactics. he can't change his records and he can't change his policies and that is what this re- election is about. romney getting ready in boston and senator portman says they are prepared for a more aggressive president. >> president obama is going to come out swinging. i think he has to compensate for a poor first debate. >>
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Oct 21, 2012 5:30pm PDT
and mitt romney are getting ready for their final debate, a little over 24 hours from now. >>> and crews are not finished with their work on the san mateo bridge. but a good sign they are way, way ahead of schedule. >>> good evening. a bizarre chain of events that tarted at 1:30 -- started at one time time 30 this morning when reports came in that two men came in arguing -- 1:30 this morning when reports came in that two men came in arguing and then a bizarre string of events. >> in the end, three birds decapitated and a man who lived here was shot and killed by the police. >> last night was a bizarre event. >> reporter: the police got reports of someone breaking windows in when they got here, they found two naked men in their late 20s who appeared to be hallucinating. >> it is like a nightmare. your next door neighbor turns into a crazy person. >> reporter: when the police confronted one of the men they say he pointed a rifle at them so the police shot him. he died soon after. the other man is now under arrest. >> reporter: the police believe that either one or both of these naked
CBS
Oct 16, 2012 12:00pm PDT
obama and mitt romney square off in a town hall-style event just three weeks before the election. cbs reporter randall pinkston has the story. >> reporter: the pressure is on presideni feel fabulous. look at this beautiful day. >> reporter: republican challenger mitt romney outperformed him in the first debate and reenergized his campaign. democrats expect a livelier president this time. >> he needs to be more energetic. >> reporter: romney will try to build on gains he made at that time first debate. his supporters are expecting him to deliver another strong performance. >> i think he has turned the election around after the first debate, and now he has to not sit on his lead, but just keep the momentum going. >> reporter: romney's surge has now spread to female voters. a new poll shows him just a point behind the president among likely women voters. tonight will include 80 randomly selected non committed voters. 11 of them will get to ask a question on foreign or domestic policy. >> both candidates have done well in town hall settings and both have done poorly so it's going to depen
CBS
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
of five homeless what may have sparked the flames. >> president obama and mitt romney going head to head tonight. what the candidates want from tonight's big presidential debate. >> saying good-bye to triple digits, much cooler weather on the way, we'll have details coming up. >> and we are watching a couple of different fender-benders down the eastshore freeway. a check of the drive time is moments away. >> good morning, it's wednesday, october 3. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it's 5:00. firefighters are still on the scene of a duplex fire in berkeley which started nearly five hours ago. >> cbs 5 reporter anne makovec has been following this developing story. this is a complicated fire for the crews to fight. >> reporter: yes. and one of the large problems that they had to deal with overnight is that there are other homes so close by as you can see here. ben venue avenue is still closed down and will be for several hours after this fire in a duplex. five people lived in that building all of them were able to get out safely. but you can see how spectacu
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Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
believe it or not two weeks from today. between now and then president obama and mitt romney will spend most of their time in the battleground states. cbs reporter randall pinkston joins us from florida the site of the final debate with a little play-by-play on what happened. >> frank, it was a fight to the finish another doozy of a debate mitt romney accusing president obama of a series of foreign policy failures. for example, romney pointing to the failure to stop iran's nuclear program. but and president obama accused romney of being inconsistent in his foreign policies and at teams end reckless. >>> reporter: this was the third and final debate and president obama saved his sharpest attacks for the end. >> every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: in a cbs news instant poll of 500 uncommitted voters, 53% said president obama won the debate. perhaps the most memorable moments of the night came during this exchange over budget cuts to the military. >> our navy is smaller now than anytime since 1917. >> we also have fe
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Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
-time republican told "cbs this morning" he respects mitt romney but thinks romney has been vague on many issues. both candidates will hold events today in the critical swing state of ohio. a new "time" magazine poll shows the president leads romney in the buckeye state by 5%. mr. obama holds a 30 point lead among people who say they already cast their ballots in ohio's early voting system. >>> today romney will focus entirely on ohio with rallies in the columbus and cincinnati areas. his stops yesterday included reno. >> with a president that's out of ideas and out of excuses, on november 6 we'll put him out of office. >> the president made appearances in las vegas an on the tonight show last night. he had this to say about controversial comments on rape by republican u.s. senate candidate richard mourdock of indiana. >> rape is rape. it is a crime. so these very distinctions about rape and -- don't make too much sense to me, don't make any sense. >> the president is at a rally in tampa. this is a live picture right now of that rally and he will finish his two-day campaign marathon
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